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Shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award 2019
Winner of the North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards 2019 - Poetry
Longlisted for the Steel City Bookclub Awards 2020







88 pages

Pub Date

Aug 1, 2018



Age 7+

A Kid In My Class

Poems By Rachel Rooney
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Eagerly anticipated new collection of poems by one of the top children's poets writing today, with stunning illustrations by Chris Riddell.

"He's not scared of nothing.

Nobody. Never. Nah.

Which means that he is.

Tough Kid. Not tough enough.

I know - I once met his dad."

They're all here...every kid in the class has their own poem. The pushy one, the shy one. The whizz kid and the daydreamer. The best friender and the kid who runs in his wheelchair. The tough kid, the poet. And not forgetting the class hamster.

This eagerly awaited new collection from an outstanding poet, winner of the CLiPPA Award, is perfectly matched by the amazing wit and inventiveness of the former UK Children’s Laureate.



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“I absolutely love this new children’s poetry book”

David Walliams

"This moreish collection of poems about a class full of characters is beautifully written and illustrated and will ring bells with all children about their own behaviour and that of their schoolmates."

Nicolette Jones - Sunday Times

"Rooney evokes children's perspectives with empathy. The poignancy and humour of these character sketches are heightened by their illustrations."

Imogen Russell Williams - The Guardian


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Chris Riddell


Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate 2015-17, is internationally renowned both as artist and author. His awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal (2002, 2004), the Costa Children's Book Award (2013), and the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration (2015). He is currently president of the School Library Association. His bestselling books include the Goth Girl series, the Coraline series, The Sleeper and the Spindle with Neil Gaiman and A Great Big Cuddle with Michael Rosen. He lives in Brighton, UK.

Rachel Rooney


Rachel Rooney worked as a teacher of special needs children while also bringing up her three sons. She is much in demand for school workshops, and for performances of her work at festivals. Her first poetry collection, The Language of Cat, was published in 2011 and won the CLPE prize, followed by My Life as a Goldfish in 2014. A Kid in My Class was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Children's Poetry Prize in 2019. Rachel lives in Brighton.


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